As kids grow older, they naturally start to question the existence of Santa Claus.

It’s a part of their cognitive development, and it’s important to address their inquiries honestly and thoughtfully.

So, here’s a meaningful way to explain the truth and the essence of Santa Claus:


Son: “Dad, I think I’m old enough now. Is there a Santa Claus?”

Dad: “Ok, I agree that you’re old enough. But before I tell you, I have a question for you. You see, the “truth” is a dangerous gift. Once you know something, you can’t unknow it.

Once you know the truth about Santa Claus, you will never again understand and relate to him as you do now.

So my question is: Are you sure you want to know?”

Brief pause…
Son: “Yes, I want to know.”

Dad: “Ok, I’ll tell you: Yes, there is a Santa Claus”
Son: “Really?”

Dad: “Yes, really, but he’s not an old man with a beard in a red suit. That’s just what we tell little kids. You see, kids are too young to understand the true nature and existence of Santa Claus, so we explain it to them in a way that they can understand.

The truth about Santa Claus is that he’s not a person at all; he’s an idea.
Think of all those presents Santa gave you over the years.
I actually bought those myself.
I watched you open them.
And did it bother me that you didn’t thank me?
Of course not!

In fact it gave me great pleasure to give you those gift.
That’s because Santa Claus is THE IDEA OF GIVING FOR THE SAKE OF GIVING, without thought of thanks or acknowledgement.

Remember when I saw that woman collapse on the subway last week and I called 911 for help? I knew that she’d never know that it was me that summoned the ambulance.

I was being Santa Claus when I did that.”

Son: “Oh.”
Dad: “So now that you know the ‘secret’ of Santa, you’re a part of the secret, too. You get to be Santa Claus too, now.
That means you hold this beautiful secret from a young child and allow the true magic of giving to unfold so they can understand. Your job now is to help us select Santa presents for them, and most importantly, your job is to look for opportunities to help others in the true meaning of Santa Claus.”

Sharing the truth about Santa Claus is not just about letting kids in on a secret. It’s about passing on the joy of giving and the magic of kindness.

Thank you for spreading the spirit of Santa all year round.

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